Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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Politics & Government
4:38 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Committee Approves HJR-3, Sets Up Indiana House Vote

Indiana House chambers were packed Wednesday as the House Elections Committee heard testimony on HJR-3.
Credit Gretchen Frazee / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Many of the same faces, much of the same testimony, but a different result – a House committee Wednesday approved the proposed constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage.

The House Judiciary Committee last week took more than three hours of testimony on the proposed amendment known as HJR-3.  But that committee did not take a vote, and after concerns arose that it would not pass the committee, House Speaker Brian Bosma reassigned HJR-3 to the House Elections Committee. 

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Politics & Government
2:29 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Procedural Move Makes Gay Marriage Vote Likely Soon

Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

House Speaker Brian Bosma announced Tuesday he is reassigning the proposed same sex marriage ban amendment to a new committee.  The move is designed to ensure the amendment reaches the House floor.

The proposed same sex marriage ban amendment known as HJR-3 was initially assigned to the House Judiciary Committee.  But after a more than three hour long hearing last Monday, committee chairman Greg Steuerwald didn’t call for a vote.  

Speaker Brian Bosma says Steuerwald told him he doubts the amendment would have passed the committee and advanced to the House floor.

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News
4:30 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Indiana Statehouse Update

Supporters and opponents of the proposed amendment banning same sex marriage are still waiting on a committee to vote on the measure. And Governor Mike Pence made a definitive statement on the  marriage amendment in his State of the State.

The proposed amendment known as HJR-3 made its first legislative stop in the House Judiciary  Committee Monday. Lawmakers heard more than three hours of testimony, but did not take a  vote.

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News
5:24 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

GOP Poll Shows Hoosiers Want to Vote on Gay Marriage Amendment

Speaker Brian Bosma says a recent poll commissioned by House and Senate Republicans clearly indicates  that Hoosiers want to have their say at the ballot box on the proposed amendment banning same sex  marriage.  

The House and Senate GOP caucuses commissioned a phone survey of registered voters that took place  last week asking Hoosiers for their view on the same sex marriage ban amendment known as HJR-3.  

53 percent of those surveyed say they support the amendment, contrary to earlier poll numbers put out by  Freedom Indiana, a coalition opposing the measure.  

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News
6:13 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Pence Supports House Tax Plan

A Pence administration official says the governor supports a House Republican plan that would allow local governments to eliminate a tax on purchases of new business equipment.  

Governor Mike Pence made elimination of the business personal property tax the centerpiece of his 2014 legislative agenda.  The levy on business equipment generates about one billion dollars a year for local governments.  House Republicans countered with legislation that would allow county boards to eliminate the tax only on new purchases. 

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Politics & Government
5:00 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Gay Marriage Ban Gets Its First Hearing at the Statehouse

The Indiana State Capitol in Indianapolis.

People on both sides of the debate over Indiana’s proposed same sex marriage ban amendment spoke passionately for hours in front of a packed House chamber Monday, as the amendment made its first legislative stop in a House committee.

The House Judiciary Committee audience was a sea of red – that’s the color opponents of the marriage amendment known as HJR-3 chose to wear.  Those who testified before the committee in opposition to the amendment were from a diverse background – there were leaders from Indiana’s business and faith communities, legal experts and average citizens. 

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News
11:08 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Healthy Indiana Plan Clears Its Waiting List

The Healthy Indiana Plan, the state’s health insurance program for low-income Hoosiers, has added all the applicants from its waiting list to the program for 2014. But that list was dramatically shorter than in previous years. 

Last year, more than 50 thousand Hoosiers were on the waiting list for the Healthy Indiana Plan. When the federal government approved the program’s renewal for 2014, it changed the scope of the program, forcing the state to lower the income eligibility ceiling.

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Politics & Government
4:00 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Bill Aims to Clarify Gay Marriage Ban; Legislators Disagee On Its Meaning

Indiana Senate President Pro-Tem David Long at the statehouse Thursday.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Republican legislative leaders say a companion bill to the state’s proposed constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage is meant to ease concerns some have expressed over the potential effect of the amendment. 

But GOP leaders still can’t agree on what the amendment or companion bill will do.

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Politics & Government
2:20 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Bosma Unveils 2014 Agenda, Targets Business Tax

Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma unveiled the 2014 House GOP agenda Wednesday at the statehouse.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

House Speaker Brian Bosma Wednesday proposed what he calls the “smart way” to reduce Indiana’s business personal property tax.  But the plan wouldn’t completely eliminate the tax.

Governor Mike Pence made elimination of the business personal property tax the cornerstone of his 2014 legislative agenda.  He stopped short, however, of identifying a specific way to get rid of the levy on business equipment that brings in a billion dollars a year to local governments. 

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News
4:47 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation Secures Record Number Of Job Commitments

Governor Mike Pence
Credit Brandon Smith

Governor Mike Pence announced Wednesday the Indiana Economic Development Corporation has secured job commitments with a record 261 companies this year. But Pence says there’s still more work to be done.

The job commitments made in 2013, worth more than $2 billion to Indiana’s economy, are  expected to create more than 21,000 jobs in the state over the next several years. The expected jobs will pay a higher wage, nearly 22 dollars an hour, than the state average, which is 20 dollars an hour.

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